Anderson Silva out of UFC 198, may require gall bladder surgery
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced Tuesday to pull out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain that may require gall bladder surgery, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Jeff Davidson, the UFC's medical consultant, told Yahoo Sports that Silva, 41, will be examined in Brazil for potential gall bladder surgery.
"Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis," Davidson said Tuesday. "He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery."
Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed.
Silva's removal from the show puts a major dent into the UFC 198 card, which will be held in his hometown. White said he is trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card.
UFC owners reportedly in heavy discussions to sell promotion
One of the biggest stories in the history of mixed martial arts seems to be taking shape.
The Fertitta brothers are in heavy discussions about selling the UFC and four bidders have emerged, according to a report from ESPN business insider Darren Rovell. The winning bid, Rovell reported, is supposed to be somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion.
Four companies have put in bids for the UFC, including WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group, according to the report.
The Dalian Wanda Group out of China is the front-runner and a sale could be announced as soon as July, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Nothing is finalized, though, and the situation is very fluid.
"As a private company, we don't discuss speculation or rumors related to our business," UFC vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told ESPN.
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver to serve as UFC 199's featured prelim fight
BJ Penn's comeback fight will air live on cable television.
According to UFC officials, the Penn vs. Dennis Siver featherweight bout will serve as the final prelim fight on the FS1 broadcast leading into the UFC 199 pay-per-view main card on June 4.
The five-fight main card will feature: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title, Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas, Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard and Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green.
UFC Planning 2017 Event in Sweden or Finland
The UFC hasn’t been in the Nordics since the monumental event at the Tele2 Arena with over 30,000 fans. “It won’t be in 2016, but we will be back in 2017” says UFC’s James Elliott to MMAViking.com when asked about plans to return to Sweden or even a first event Finland. “The Scandinavian market is very important to us.” continues the new Vice President and General Manager for EMEA.
Holly Holm officially tabbed to headline UFC card in Chicago
UFC officials announced a pair of main event bouts for July cards during Sunday’s broadcast of UFC Fight Night 87 on Fox Sports 1.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will return to the cage for the first time since losing her belt to Miesha Tate in June when she takes on Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago on July 23.
Shevchenko had her five-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Amanda Nunes in March.
The UFC’s first visit to South Dakota also has a main event as lightweight Tony Ferguson will fight Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls on July 13.
UFC Fight Night 87 draws reported 10,421 attendance for $1,523,320 live gate
Today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event drew an announced attendance of 10,421 fans and a live gate of $1,523,320.
James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 87 took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem took out former champion Andrei Arlovski with a second-round TKO to the delight of his home fans.
UFC Fight Night 87 bonuses: The home fan favorites crushed some $50,000 checks
Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve, Germaine de Randamie and Gunnar Nelson each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event.
All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors. There was no “Fight of the Night” awarded. The four winners fought in the final four bouts on the card. James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC announces Fight Night event in Hamburg, Germany
UFC announced today prior to the weigh-ins for Sunday's show in Holland that they will be debuting in Hamburg, Germany on Sept. 3.
The Fight Night event will be held at the Barclaycard Arena, a 16,000-seat venue which is the major arena in Germany's second-largest city.
No matches were announced for the show, but tickets for the event will go on sale on May 27...
James Vick vs. Beneil Dariush targeted for UFC 199
The UFC is targeting a lightweight fight between James Vick and Beneil Dariush for UFC 199 after Evan Dunham, Vick's original opponent, recently withdrew from the fight due to undisclosed reasons, MMA Fighting has learned.
Coincidentally just one week ago, Vick agreed to fight Dunham after Leonardo Santos got injured.
Godofredo Pepey faces Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 20
A featherweight bout has been confirmed for UFC on Fox 20. Godofredo Castro faces Darren Elkins.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the organization.
UFC On Fox 20 will take place on July 23 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
UFC Fight Night 90, TUF 23 Finale tickets on sale today; $204 gets you cageside in Las Vegas
UFC 200 isn’t the only game in town during “International Fight Week” in July. You can buy tickets for the week’s other two cards starting today.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. But in the two days leading up to it, UFC Fight Night 90 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the TUF 23 Finale gakes place July 8 at the same venue.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 90, which streams in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) meets challenger and former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
In the TUF 23 Finale headliner, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) defends her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). The card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Tickets for both events range from $44 for the upper level to $204 for cageside seats, plus fees.
Alexey Oleinik returns vs. Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
The UFC’s debut card in South Dakota continues to build with the addition of a heavyweight fight.
Alexey Oleinik (50-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will return after a long layoff for a fight against Daniel Omielanczuk (18-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 91 according to Polish media outlets, including Lowking. UFC officials have not yet announced the fight.
UFC FIght Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 with early prelims streaming on UFC Fight Pass.
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley welterweight title fight targeted for UFC 201 in Atlanta
The UFC is heading back to Atlanta for the first time in more than four years, and it looks like the welterweight title will be on the line in the main event.
UFC 201 is set for July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, the UFC announced tonight. The fight targeted for the headliner is between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), per a report on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Rapahel Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw rematch in the works for UFC 200
After being passed over for a rematch with newly minted UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw will instead get a chance to avenge another octagon loss.
Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” broke the news that a rematch between Dillashaw (12-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and the returning Raphael Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is targeted for the banner UFC 200, which takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Holm vs. Shevchenko, ‘Rumble’ vs. Teixeira in Works for UFC on Fox 20
A bantamweight headliner between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko is in the works for the UFC on Fox 20 headliner, according to a report from UFC Tonight.
The July 23 card is also expected to include a light heavyweight showdown pitting Anthony Johnson against Glover Teixeira, as well as a previously reported lightweight tilt between Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez. UFC on Fox 20 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and airs on the Fox Network.